hungry

adjective
hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungrily (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungriness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hungry

Synonyms

empty, famished, peckish [chiefly British], starved, starving

Antonyms

full, sated, satiate, satiated, satisfied

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Sansa thinks she’s power-hungry and not the rightful queen. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Might Have Just Dropped a Major Clue About Sansa Stark's Fate on Game of Thrones," 13 Apr. 2019 All this comes after another bit of wide-reaching EU regulation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May of last year, forcing data-hungry companies like Facebook to offer up new privacy controls. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 Her nightclub act played in first-class venues including the Blue Angel in New York, Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago, the Flamingo in Las Vegas and the hungry i in San Francisco. Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93," 22 Jan. 2019 Like walking into a soup kitchen and telling the hungry to stop focusing on their hunger and just love themselves into their next meal. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2018 To help adjust, a whole industry of charging peripherals have grown up with smartphones, offering power hungry users extra juice to get through their day. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Power Up With RavPower's Discounted Chargers and Power Banks," 26 Feb. 2019 The two chips sit alongside one another, meaning that smartphone vendors have to design larger, bulkier, more power-hungry phones to accommodate them both. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones," 25 Feb. 2019 In the end, the person least hungry for power proves to be the best candidate to wield it—for now. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Iron Fist’s second Netflix season mostly lives up to its promising trailer," 10 Sep. 2018 In swarmed the slavers hungry for cotton wealth in the nineteenth century. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Alabama’s History Haunts, But It Also Instructs," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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hungry

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something

hungry

adjective
hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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